An Indian Siesta



As a westerner in India, I am always charmed and surprised at how easily just about every one can sleep in the most public and what appears to me, uncomfortable positions and situations. If you’re new to India, it will take some time before you realize that privacy is not a concept practiced or celebrated in India which must have a lot to do with this. These fascinating “sleepers” have been the subjects of numerous photographs that I have shot over the years in India. Once while on a “shoot” I was photographing poor, homeless, pavement “sleepers.”  A young man began to follow me, insisting that I shouldn’t take such photographs. I politely answered him and continued in my pursuit. I don’t like being told what I shouldn’t do but I have often thought of him.

I love India and always want to present an appealing view but is it wrong to show the gritty, painful side too? This photograph falls somewhere in the middle.Image


About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.
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